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image SM Adam volume 17/173

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/173

Purpose

[15] Preliminary design for a carpet for the drawing room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed

Aspect

Plan of a tripartite, rectangular carpet, divided by bands of fret, and with a border of rosettes enclosed within connected lozenges and roundels. The central square compartment contains a rosette enclosed within waterleaf, a fan ornamented with anthemia, a circular frame ornamented with a wreath, and a broad circular band accompanied by a serpentine ribbon forming segmental and quadrilateral panels, ornamented with rinceaux, urns, paterae, fans and anthemia. The bordering rectangular compartments are tripartite, with compartments containing enclosed rosettes, flanking a larger compartment containing a rosette, enclosed within a band of waterleaf, a fan ornamented with anthemia, and a circular frame ornamented with a wreath (verso) a floor plan

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Carpet for the Drawing Room at Northumberland House / Green / Purple / (and in pencil) Pink / Brown / Green / Blue / Pink / Purple / Pink / Blue / Blue / Pink / Green [ ____ ] / Pink / Purple / Green leaves / Green / Purple / Green / A / A / Pink / Brown / Green / Ind [ ____ ] / Green / [ _ _ _ _ ] pink / fillets yellow / Brown / pink on Ground / purple / darker Green and some measurements given (verso) Northumberland House (in pencil)

Signed and dated

Adelphi June 25t 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, sepia, verdigris, and pink on laid paper (961 x 613)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Watermark

PVL

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Harris, 1963, p. 56
Harris, 2001, p. 102
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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